Don’t worry this is not an anti-establishment manifesto against modern careers. It’s actually a little guidebook to provide a tiny shove when you can’t decide if you want to leave your job and hop to new one.
Why and When Should I Consider Switching My Current Job?
First, we simply discourage you from switching jobs too frequently. That just shows you’re restless and disloyal. Second, never ever get a new job only for money. Greed really doesn’t go well with employers no matter how good you are at your thing. With those warnings established, let’s see what makes you eligible to leave your cushy cubicle.
- You have been there over 5 years with no promotion.
- You have adopted a casual approach to your work.
- You can’t find room to climb higher up.
- You’re best at every task you’re assigned.
- Your work environment isn’t what it used to be.
- Your goals don’t align with your firm’s goals anymore.
If any of those reasons apply to you, it’s time to get a new job. You shouldn’t stick to your chair just because you highly value your job security. Any level of dissatisfaction at your current job will only hurt your performance and the business.
There’s also no point in lingering around until there’s bad blood between you and your employer. Be cool and move on. Tell them the honest reason. However furious your employer may be, they always appreciate honesty.
But how often should I hop jobs?
Thanks for asking. Well, it looks like the consensus is set at 3-4 years.
Since, we, the millennials (or snake people) became the largest chunk of the workforce, we’ve changed the definition of work. We brought in flexible work timings instead of age-old 9 to 5 routine. We gave priority to work-life balance because we know the importance of 360-degree growth. And finally, we’re lowering the stigma attached to getting a new job every 4 years.
Earlier, people used to stick it out with companies until retirement day. But now, you can’t even think about it. Because the new job market, economy and work culture is constantly changing, it’s totally acceptable to bounce around now. And some stats support it too – employees who stay with a company longer than two years are said to make 50% less compensation.
Why should I get a new job?
So what are the reasons you should get a new job? Let’s call these reasons “the perks of being a job hopper.” Here are some of the reasons why you should look for a new opportunity:
- You Have a Higher Learning Curve
Job hoppers often find themselves outside their comfort zones. They have to make great impressions at every new company. They have to learn quickly and adapt to the culture and improve the bottom line. Hence, they become over-achievers and fight challenges on a daily basis – unlike people who learn everything about their role in 2 years and stay comfortably at the same job.
- You are a Better Performer
You can’t get a new job if you don’t provide value to places you go. To provide value to a string of companies you must have a range of skills. And that’s exactly where job hoppers excel. They know if they’re going to leave for a new job, they must have substantial performance backing them up in their resume. So, they outperform in every project they’re involved with. Companies also benefit from having an overachiever for 4 years than having an indifferent employee for 10 years.
- You Possess High Emotional Maturity
To walk on the treacherous road of job-hopping, you must have courage. And a vision. And an understanding of yourself. And steely grit. And fearlessness. If you combine all these attributes and pack them into a character, you get an ideal employee. And that’s why people who hop jobs are a much better culture fit. They navigate corporate hierarchies and deal with office dramas more often than an average employee. This makes them the best judge of the human condition and they can make their peers more comfortable at work.
As if those perks were not enough, it’s also believed that job hoppers tend to be more loyal – because they have a shorter amount of time to make a good impression.
So if you feel you need a new job, ask yourself the true reason behind it. If you already know all the ins and outs of your work, expand in other directions. Seek out roles inside your company where you can add value and also learn while doing it. Some employers also offer continuing education to grow skill set of their employees, ask for it. It’s only after you’ve explored every avenue and can’t find room for growth, head out.